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The Narrow is the stylish dining and drinking destination from Gordon Ramsay that serves up a delectable selection of dishes made with British and European artisan produce. There is a fine selection of wines, beers and cocktails to accompany your meal.

Ranked #1012 of 5241 restaurants in London
Part of the Gordon Ramsay Restaurants group

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MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 23:00

SAT

12:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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The Narrow reviews



By S.

The Narrow is certainly getting some tongues wagging but you know this place is going to be full of out of towners for a good few months. Hopefully us locals will be able to negotiate our way through the media circus and actually get to try it out one day!


By S.

I passed The Narrow the at the weekend and from what i saw it looked pretty nice. Does anybody know what kind of prices Mr Ramsay is charging though? I'd be so annoyed if The Narrow is going to be really expensive - it is only a gastro-pub after all.


By Daniel M.

Hells Kitchen... not even the Devil would have been happy to dine in this atmosphere-less hole... though he may have sent some souls here as an eternal punishment.After much anticipation and excitement at trying the food at this "Gordon Ramsay" tagged establishment, I must say I was very, very disappointed on all levels:1) Service - standing at the (relatively un-busy) bar for 5 minutes only to be greeted by a bar maid with a face more sour than an out-of-date lemon, lime and Haribo Tangfastic conglomerate, who would have rather chopped off her leg than retrieve us a wine menu, we were finally served by a gentlemen who quite clearly would have preferred to be out with his mates at a better bar than this one. 2) Food - where do I start? The Brie, Apple and Walnut salad or should I say Raisin and Lettuce on a plate contained NO brie!! Unless you include the deep fried bread crumb / batter covered cheesy air. The Asda wannabe burger was housed in a bun crispier than a 60 yr old Essex sun worshipper in Marbella passed out on the beach for 4 days and accompanied by her clippings passed off as chips!!3) Drinks - I had to clean off my Guinness with a napkin - enough said!!All in all a very unpleasant experience, except for the excitement of the moving bridge and passing boats and drunk friends!!Mr Ramsay I ask that you please properly police those using your name and sort yourself out before crossing the pond to sling mud at others!!I want my money back...


By Merryl B.

Went to the narrow yesterday as I'd heard about this beautifully restored building with views across the Thames. Having already been to the Devonshire in Chiswick I thought this would be a safe bet. I'm sorry to say that this was not only a bad Gordon Ramsay experience but the pub was not charming or rustic but more like a cheap chain pub you'd only to use on a road trip to sneak and use the toilets. To begin with we sat at the sticky bar that was covered for about 1.5metres long and 30cm thick with dirty glasses. We asked for 2 Leafs from the unsmiling bar tender, he proceeded to pour two pints into normal English pint glasses, we asked for the Leffe glasses and said that we only wanted the 'standard' half pint...he looked at us as though we'd just called his sister a dirty wh*re. This would be ok but this is a Gordon Ramsay pub so expected better service and knowledge at this point. We then proceeded to the 1980s style glass patio "wrap around window" area as sitting at the dirty bar with the miserable bartender would be on par with swapping our afternoon drink with a funeral. We noted that quite a few of the tables had dirty glasses, crumbs, sticky patches... I suppose this goes in keeping with "effortless appeal of the bar". The chips we ordered eventually came, sitting there lonely and undressed on a table with no condiments, cutlery or napkins. We found some pepper and salt and asked the waitress for some mayonnaise; ok it's only chips and mayo but again this is meant to be a Gordon Ramsay gastro pub. The waitress came back with what looked like a ladle of warm coagulating mayo on a side plate (erm...presentation? a little pot? some cutlery? even a napkin please? anyone??). This was too much and not only made us laugh but also nearly made us sick and unable to eat for the rest of the day. I'm also sorry to say that the verdict on the chips was not great, they were slightly hard and the fat on them slightly old. Maybe we got them on a bad day.


By Kath E.

DON'T EAT HERE. I can't see how what I experienced was anything like the reviews. Bar service was slow. We were seated 25 mins late after having to remind the head waiter, who had clearly forgotten who we were.

Our waitress only grunted and was rarely to be seen. My starter - the duck salad with spring veg was some dry slices of duck with half a carrot and some pickled onions.

The whole thing tasted of vinegar, I had to leave it. My friend's bubble and squeak, was passable, but really a breakfast dish.

The only meat option was pork belly, so we both had it. It came with mash. It was stodgy and bland. We both also had the banoffee pie.

My friend's pastry was so hard he also sent it back. I wanted to order more wine to dull the pain, but our waitress still wasn't to be seen.

Eventually she took away our puddings, offering tea & coffee, almost unaware of the fact we hadn't eaten with a grunt at my explanation of the pudings.

A while later the head waiter came over and said he would knock off the puddings from the bill. Our coffee order came with one drink short - we decided not to bring it up due to the fact the whole meal had taken 3 1/2 hours.

When the bill came, they had charged us double so we had to send it back. Nice view - but there are tons of other places along the river there where you can get that. Want pub food? Go to a pub and not something trying to be one.


By Alicia E.

We had a lovely dinner here on Sunday night. The food was wonderful, our Brazilian waiter was very cute and so helpful and I thought the view of the Thames was brilliant. It's not the cheapest of places but I know of many worse gastropubs that charge the same price or more! Highly recommended.


By Morag L.

Food was too salty, my ham and chicken pie was really just a soup of oily chicken stock and you had to spoon out the bits of meat.
Reasonably priced for a gastropub, but nothing special. I hate to use the phrase, 'i could have done this smoked salmon on toast at home', but it's true.
They were in a bit of a hurry to get the production line going. The food came so quickly that we'd only drunk less than half a bottle of wine before we were paying the bill.
A lovely pub to sit in the summer on the decking with a beer, but the food was unspectacular.


By A.

My partner and I ate here in oct and had a fantastic evening. They seemed to forget that it was his birthday and the cake that I'd specially requested and had been confirmed the day before. The food was amazing and so was the service. The only downside was the service charge which is apparently discretionary - they would have got more from me had I left a tip but I hate companies that remove the choice.

The place is reasonably priced and the wine/beer selection is good.


By S.

The Narrow was poor. Very poor. Tried to book and the booking line was closed. Went to The Narrow, and was told it was fully booked for the next two months, and I couldn't make a reservation in house, I would have to phone their number.

Sorry Gordon, but alienating locals is not the way to run a local pub. Have fun with the bridge and tunnel crowd, but the locals will dine elsewhere.


By R.

The Narrow was okay. It was just over £40.00 a head for a 3 course meal, two bottles of wine and a couple of beers. The decor is not that different. For a place that's been shut down for two months, the changes to the casual observer are largely cosmetic, although the reduced number of tables certainly allows for more standing room (both inside and out) and the lack of smoke is a welcomed change to the old environment.

The beers were good with a good selection, although most are bottled rather than cask, and the wine selection was reasonably priced. There are a couple of biggies if you wanted to splash, but most around £20.00 mark.

The food was reasonable. It does old fashioned wholesome recipes of the sort that gave British cuisine a bad name, but it's been done pretty well. The pea and ham soup was excellent, as was the potted crab for starters, but the veggie options were poor.

The mains were pretty good. The boiled beef was excellent, if a little salty, the pork cheeks were also done very well as was the fish and chips with mushy peas, but the chips were disappointingly normal. They should have gone with fat chip shop style chips for the full East End experience.

The deserts were excellent. The ginger rhubarb crumble was awesome (by far the best choice), the gypsy tart was light and lemony and the cheesecake was good, if a little heavy after all the other food, and the selection of English cheeses were traditionally good and stinky.

It's a pretty good attempt. I'd go back to The Narrow, but I'd probably go with the bar menu which has a great selection of beers, as well as some of the menu stars including the soup as well as some old fashioned pub treats such as a pot of shrimps.


By Loren P.

Arguably one of the most picturesque and relaxing places to drink and dine in the capital, this historic and much-loved gastro pub is part of the Gordon Ramsay empire and it always delivers an enjoyable experience whatever time or day of the week you visit.

The Venue
As the name suggests, this famous offering is situated in an idyllic riverfront location on trendy Narrow Street in the heart of Limehouse, East London. Rich in history, this Grade 11 listed building stands proud at the entrance to the Limehouse basin and is perfect for serving the number of well-heeled residents of the area as well as a flurry of regulars that flock to this sometimes overlooked part of London.

Entry is via a small, steep staircase off the main street, where you are greeted by the most splendid of views across the meandering River Thames. A sizeable outdoor area fronts onto the river and acts as a sun-trap spotlighting the numerous wooden benches. Luckily oversized parasols are scattered throughout the terrace. Tall outside lighting reflects in the water casting the former dock maker’s house in a dewy, romantic glow.

Internally, the space is divided into a dining and separate bar area, all complete with floor-to-ceiling retractable glass doors which offer panoramic views, whether it is warm enough to dine al fresco or so cold you need to recline in front of the fire. The original features of the building have been perfectly restored in order to remain faithful to the history of the site. A subdued palette of earthy colours make up the decor and furnishings of this drinking hole with dark wood tables contrasting with the light oak bar. Damson and duck egg blue are used sparingly to highlight particular features, such as delicate fireplaces and comfy striped armchairs which are perfect for lounging around on a Sunday afternoon. Historical photography and maps of the region adorn the walls offering customers not just a superb gastronomic experience but a cultural lesson too.

In contrast to the effortless appeal of the central bar area, the restaurant hosts large, freshly dressed tables by the wrap-around windows. These seats offer shelter whilst looking out onto the twinkling lights of nearby Canary Wharf.

The Atmosphere
The Narrow is one of the worst kept secrets in London’s food world and, as much as local residents’ probably wish it was a little less busy at weekends, it can be described as the focal point of the Narrow Street, bringing the whole of East London, and then some, together for beers in the sunshine, hearty British food and lazy afternoons in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The weekend sees this place teeming with twenty and thirtysomethings, families and couples, and you will need to book in advance if you intend to sample the food. The air is a constant mix of animated chatter and relaxed laughter and it’s all too easy to whittle away the hours whilst reclining and taking in the breathtaking views. The staff are friendly and attentive, even in the busiest hours, which is a welcome facet. The fact that they address regular customers by name adds a personal touch which sees people return again and again.

The Food
The Narrow prides itself on its scrumptious gastro options, with old British favourites such as beer-battered fish and chunky chips (accompanied by the obligatory mushy peas, £13) and the mouth-watering Gloucester Old Spot sausages, mustard mash and red pepper relish (£12) popular choices on the evening menu. The bangers are large, hearty and sit on top of a mound of creamy mashed potato, embellished with slithers of relish - the perfect guilty indulgence. The Sunday roast is a favourite dish of dedicated Narrow diners, with a satisfying feast offering a different cut of beef each week, crispy Yorkshire puds, perfectly formed duck-fat roast potatoes and a medley of seasonal vegetables (£14.50).

You could be forgiven for expecting The Narrow to be ridiculously over-priced, offering small portions on oversized plates, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Set lunches are also offered should you happen to be in the area and at £18 for two courses or £22 for three, you’d struggle to resist the delicate fishcakes topped off with a generous dollop of rich tartare sauce, before tucking into a generous steamed treacle pudding. The dessert menu is temptingly varied with something for all tastes; from a freshly made cherry tart with a delectable hazelnut ice cream to a personal favourite of chocolate and pecan brownie.

As with most gastro pubs, a bar menu is available throughout the day. Culinary options such as the baby sausages (£5) drenched in a finger-licking, sweet honey and mustard sauce, or a more adventurous offering of tender herring roe on crunchy toast together with lashings of parsley and brown butter (£7) should more than do the job.

The Drink
The Narrow takes its wine list very seriously with an inspired selection of whites and reds. The Pinot Blanc (£20 per bottle) is the perfect accompaniment to one of the delicious fish dishes or for something a little sweeter, the 2007 Muscat de St.Jean (£5.20 a glass/£18.20 a bottle) is a popular choice. Many a Champagne cork has been popped in this stylish location and with prices starting at £40 for a Brut Majeur, it’s not prohibitive in its pricing.

Traditional real ales remain a focal point of the pub. The St Edmunds Greene King (£3.40 a pint) is a particularly good ‘blonde beer’ with a delightful zesty, crisp finish. A great range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails attract a slightly younger crowd at lunchtimes, with inexpensive but thirst-quenching options like the Gentle Sea Breeze (£3.50), a fruity mix of cranberry and grapefruit, garnished with a pinch of mint, served in an aesthetically pleasing glass.

The Last Word
You’ll be hard pushed to find something you don’t like about The Narrow. With a well deserved reputation, an impeccable yet creative menu and one of the best locations in London, this delightful gastro pub more than manages to stand out from the mass of chain bars and restaurants that seem to grace every corner of neighbouring Canary Wharf.

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